Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, Voluma and other injectables explained

DESIGNER FILLERS AND NEUROMODULATORS

Designer fillers have become the rage, allowing an ever-expansive palette to rejuvenate and re-contour the face without surgery. Each of these new choices have benefits that make a difference in looking and feeling natural. A highly experienced expert in cosmetic plastic surgery is crucial to achieve a great, natural-looking result.

Following Juvederm Voluma's lead as the first filler targeted for the cheek area, Restylane Lyft adds volume to the mid-face. While Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Silk take aim at the lips. Juvederm Vollure offers subtle differences in refining folds along the sides of the nose from the Juvederm Ultra Plus that has been most popular over the last decade. Restylane’s Refyne and Defyne (for smile and laugh lines), and Belotero Balance add yet more options.

 

Approved neuromodulators on the market include Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin

Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin-all work beneath the skin's surface by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet. While there are subtle differences between these three choices, they all work the same way. Understanding the difference between these three can help you choose the right one FOR YOU. Take care not to put too much faith in online generalizations about these treatments. The "best" shoe brand doesn't fit well on all people.

All of these treatments can be done on a lunch break, so you can get back to your day in a matter of minutes. Before your first injection though, plan to spend some time while Dr. Studin explains them.

Who Should Inject You?

Lunchtime quick fixes without surgery (injectables) are the most common cosmetic procedures done today. Looking better without surgery actually works, but there is a big difference between having your injectables done by an experienced plastic surgeon or someone less experienced with the procedure and the anatomy.

Dr. Studin does all injections himself.

FILLERS VS. TOXINS

Fillers fill wrinkles and depressions to smooth them out.
Toxins work completely differently. They relax the muscles that wrinkle the skin.

FILLERS

Restylane Refine and Define

Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane and Perlane are all made from a substance that occurs naturally in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in a gel form. When this gel is injected, it refills the volume lost with aging and sun damage. The wrinkles and folds are greatly improved instantly. Juvederm Ultra and Restylane are a bit thinner and best for lips and very fine lines. Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane are a bit thicker and best for thicker skin areas like nasolabial folds and the marionette lines around the chin and extending down from the edge of the mouth.

Juvederm Ultra and Ultra Plus

Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane and Perlane are all made from a substance that occurs naturally in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in a gel form. When this gel is injected, it refills the volume lost with aging and sun damage. The wrinkles and folds are greatly improved instantly. Juvederm Ultra and Restylane are a bit thinner and best for lips and very fine lines. Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane are a bit thicker and best for thicker skin areas like nasolabial folds and the marionette lines around the chin and extending down from the edge of the mouth.

Volbella

Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane and Perlane are all made from a substance that occurs naturally in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in a gel form. When this gel is injected, it refills the volume lost with aging and sun damage. The wrinkles and folds are greatly improved instantly. Juvederm Ultra and Restylane are a bit thinner and best for lips and very fine lines. Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane are a bit thicker and best for thicker skin areas like nasolabial folds and the marionette lines around the chin and extending down from the edge of the mouth.

Restylane Silk

Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane and Perlane are all made from a substance that occurs naturally in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in a gel form. When this gel is injected, it refills the volume lost with aging and sun damage. The wrinkles and folds are greatly improved instantly. Juvederm Ultra and Restylane are a bit thinner and best for lips and very fine lines. Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane are a bit thicker and best for thicker skin areas like nasolabial folds and the marionette lines around the chin and extending down from the edge of the mouth.

Radiesse

Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane and Perlane are all made from a substance that occurs naturally in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in a gel form. When this gel is injected, it refills the volume lost with aging and sun damage. The wrinkles and folds are greatly improved instantly. Juvederm Ultra and Restylane are a bit thinner and best for lips and very fine lines. Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane are a bit thicker and best for thicker skin areas like nasolabial folds and the marionette lines around the chin and extending down from the edge of the mouth.

Vollure

Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane and Perlane are all made from a substance that occurs naturally in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in a gel form. When this gel is injected, it refills the volume lost with aging and sun damage. The wrinkles and folds are greatly improved instantly. Juvederm Ultra and Restylane are a bit thinner and best for lips and very fine lines. Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane are a bit thicker and best for thicker skin areas like nasolabial folds and the marionette lines around the chin and extending down from the edge of the mouth.

Restylane Lyft

Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane and Perlane are all made from a substance that occurs naturally in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in a gel form. When this gel is injected, it refills the volume lost with aging and sun damage. The wrinkles and folds are greatly improved instantly. Juvederm Ultra and Restylane are a bit thinner and best for lips and very fine lines. Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane are a bit thicker and best for thicker skin areas like nasolabial folds and the marionette lines around the chin and extending down from the edge of the mouth.

TOXINS

Botox

Botox Cosmetic and Dysport are the two products most commonly used in this category. They work by relaxing the muscles that make the wrinkles. There is very little difference between these products as they are both variations of Botulinum. In Dr. Studin's experience Dysport starts to work a bit sooner and Botox Cosmetic is a bit more forgiving in terms of controlling distribution, and they last the same amount of time. Some patients are sure they like one or the other better, but most see little difference between Botox Cosmetic and Dysport.

Dysport

Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane and Perlane are all made from a substance that occurs naturally in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in a gel form. When this gel is injected, it refills the volume lost with aging and sun damage. The wrinkles and folds are greatly improved instantly. Juvederm Ultra and Restylane are a bit thinner and best for lips and very fine lines. Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane are a bit thicker and best for thicker skin areas like nasolabial folds and the marionette lines around the chin and extending down from the edge of the mouth.

Xeomin

Botox Cosmetic and Dysport are the two products most commonly used in this category. They work by relaxing the muscles that make the wrinkles. There is very little difference between these products as they are both variations of Botulinum. In Dr. Studin's experience Dysport starts to work a bit sooner and Botox Cosmetic is a bit more forgiving in terms of controlling distribution, and they last the same amount of time. Some patients are sure they like one or the other better, but most see little difference between Botox Cosmetic and Dysport.

Who Should Inject You?

In our office Dr. Studin does ALL injectables personally. He has been performing injectable treatments for decades and believes that experience counts.

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Injectable FAQs

Fillers Vs Toxins

Fillers like Juvederm and Restylane fill the wrinkles and folds immediately. Toxins like Botox Cosmetic and Dysport relax the muscles that make the wrinkles.

How long do fillers last?

Juvederm and Restylane last about a year but they are absorbing slowly along the way. Most patients will refill the correction every six to nine months. Radiesse lasts about 18 months, but also is decreasing along the way.

Do I need allergy testing?

No allergy testing is done for fillers or toxins. Allergic reactions, which were a problem with the old collagen products, are not a common problem with the modern treatments.

Which filler or toxin should I pick?

See the section on each area to correct.